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21 JUN

NEXT EVENT VOL 25

Join us for PechaKucha Night Des Moines at a new venue, Noce!  Like always, every event is free to the public.

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#BeyondTheSelfie

BY AMANDA PICHLER
@ VOL 21 ON JUN 18, 2015

Amanda Pichler shares her year long exploration with self portriature.

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Copper Harbor, Michigan

BY JOHN DONOVAN
@ VOL 21 ON JUN 18, 2015

"I don't know if there is a word to describe a peninsula that's part of another peninsula, maybe "super-peninsula." They can use that if they want."

In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.

Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."

(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. 

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How to Live a R.A.D.I.C.A.L. Life

BY LAINE MENDENHALL-BUCK
@ VOL 20 ON MAR 06, 2015

In 2014 Laine Mendenhall-Buck was "called by God" to live boldy and take more risks. This presentation shares her story and is intended to encourage others to take step out of their comfort zone.

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Change Your Past

BY SHERRY BORZO
@ VOL 20 ON MAR 06, 2015

Personal historian Sherry Borzo shares a look at how our stories influence our past. 

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Kitchen Science: Fermenting with SCOBYs

BY SARAH HARGREAVES
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Sarah Hargreaves goes over some of the amazing science behind the process of fermentation and shows how you can take advantage of it to easily make cheap and delicious new foods in your own home.

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Back to the Land

BY NICK WALLACE
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

With sugary and inorganic food on the rise, Nick Wallace advocates for a shift back to Iowa's reliance on the land. He tells us stories of troubles throughout his life that he sees as a blessing in disguise, as these tough times encouraged him towards a healthy lifestyle and a return to his agrarian roots.

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The Hero's Sandbox

BY MATHEW SMITH
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

Mathew Smith teaches us that by searching for problems in the world we can understand what we want to do with our lives. He lays down a yellow brick road to guide us, and discusses the archetypal hero's journey.

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Puppy Mills in Iowa

BY MARY LAHAY
@ VOL 14 ON JUN 13, 2013

When Mary LaHay went shopping for a new puppy, she uncovered a shocking practice. Watch this presentation to learn what puppy mills are and why we should be more careful about where we buy our puppies from.

 

DES MOINES Blog

Copper Harbor, Michigan

In this hilarious, yet introspective look on a remote and serene corner on the world called Copper Harbour, Michigan, freelance writer John Donavan shares his love for its 75 quirky residents, its single drag strip, its dozen places to stay, and half as many places to eat, its few quiet souvenir shops, its art studio, its laundromat, its lonely but loved book store, and its complete lack of cell-phone reception.
Surrounded by wilderness, wonder, and solitude, Donavan shares getting lost in the natural beauty, forgetting that the noise, and the hurry, and the craziness of world even exists, adding "it's kinda like my church."(From PechaKucha Des Moines Vol. 21.)

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About the City's Organizers

  • Matt McQuillen

    Matt is the Assistant City Manager for the City of Clive. He has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration from Iowa State University, with a focus in City Management. He first came across Pecha Kucha Night due to his previous job working for the City of Ankeny. The Ankeny City Manager sent Matt and another staff person to the Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, KY in April 2010. During the Summit Matt was exposed to the Lexington chapter of Pecha Kucha Night and instantly fell in love with the format and medium for talking about things people are passionate about. On the way home from the Summit he was thinking about ways to bring PKN to Des Moines and immediately identified the Des Moines Social Club as the best venue for event. From there he was introduced to Sarah and the rest is history.... Matt sees PKN as a great way to learn new things and create a sense of community that makes the Des Moines Metro a great place to live. He is excited to help bring the first PKN to Iowa and looks forward to talking to you about sharing your passion by presenting!

  • Sarah Noll Wilson

    Sarah is the Talent Development Business Partner for ARAG, a leader in legal insurance and an adjunct professor at Drake University. She has a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Organizational Performance from Drake University. It was in her time at Drake when she became introduced to the Pecha Kucha format for a final class presentation. She was immediately hooked and began researching PechaKucha events. Upon reaching out to the Des Moines Social Club to host this event, she was put in contact with Matt McQuillen and now they have organized 13 events over the past three years. In addition to her day job focused on helping leaders and teams fulfill their potential, she is actively involved in the Des Moines Performing Arts community. She has performed improvisation with CXP, Des Moines Premier Improvisation troupe, for the last 10 years. And can be found leading workshops combining her passion of the arts with the art of business. Sarah, a self professed "inspiration junkie", is so proud of how Des Moines has embraced PechaKucha Nights.

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